London Philharmonic Orchestra: Imaginary Landscapes

Congress Theatre
London Philharmonic Orchestra: Imaginary Landscapes

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
Dvořák Violin Concerto
Brahms Symphony No. 3

Chloé van Soeterstède conductor
Tai Murray violin

‘Free but Happy’: that’s the motto that Johannes Brahms coded into the notes of his Third Symphony, and from its epic opening to its final, radiant sunset, it’s unmistakably the work of a Romantic with a capital R – the perfect climax to a concert that begins amid the wind and waves of the Hebrides, in Mendelssohn’s much-loved overture. You can practically taste the sea-spray. And then our charismatic guest conductor Chloé van Soeterstède joins forces with the ‘spellbinding’ (The Guardian) violinist Tai Murray to rediscover the Violin Concerto by Brahms’s great friend Dvořák: songs, dances, and soaring melodies.

Conductor Chloé van Soeterstède bio & review:

Chloé van Soeterstède is attracting the attention of orchestras across the globe for her intuitive, sensitive, expressive music-making and her commanding and positive presence on the podium. She is praised repeatedly for her attention to detail, her energy and enthusiasm, and efficiency in rehearsal.  In recent seasons she has made many debuts across Europe and North America, receiving many re-invitations and in the upcoming seasons she looks forward to further debuts in Scandinavia, the UK, Germany and Switzerland, the US, New Zealand and Australia.  In January 2022 she joined the Orchestre d’Auvergne’s artistic team as Artist-in-Residence, alongside their Associate Conductors Enrico Onofri and Christian Zacharias, and Chief Conductor Thomas Zehetmair.

Violinist Tai Murray bio & review:

Appreciated for her elegance and effortless ability, Murray creates a special bond with listeners through her personal phrasing and subtle sweetness. Her programming reveals musical intelligence. Her sound, sophisticated bowing and choice of vibrato, remind us of her musical background and influences, principally, Yuval Yaron (a student of Gingold & Heifetz) and Franco Gulli. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, Tai Murray was named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008 through 2010). As a chamber musician, she was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II (2004-2006).


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